In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Proud.”
“When was the last time someone told you they were proud of you?”
It was a six-week training. I had been in the country for only two years and barely spoke English. In schools at home, I was always in the top ten, but in this class, I was one of the oldest and one of few who did not go to college or university. And, they all spoke English. Most of the time, I felt humiliated and stupid.
I struggled through the process. Studying extra hard with my English-Japanese dictionary, I passed all the exams and was officially hired.
My husband was supportive of me the whole time. Every time I talked to him on the phone, he encouraged me. And, when I told him I passed another exam, he was happy with me.
A few years passed and when I earned some seniority at work, he confessed that he did not think my English was good enough to make through the initial training. He said that he was glad I did and that he was proud of me.